|By the way, waking up at 7:00 am is sleeping in for me. I used to get up regularly with the roosters starting at 4:30 am.|
I have been writing for some time now about the decline in the popularity of blogging and the decisive movement to other social networking channels. In the past year, several of the "old time" genealogy bloggers have either stopped blogging altogether or moved to Facebook as a primary outlet. By the way, Google Trends shows a steady decline. Here is an example of the long-term search trend.
What turns out to be the case is that there has been a literal explosion in the number of genealogy-related Facebook pages as shown by my recent post entitled, "Remarkable Lists of Genealogy Pages on Facebook." I have begun to realize that we now need to include Facebook as one of the most valuable single resources for genealogical research. This certainly reorients the list of resources in a major way. I certainly need to thank Katherine R. Willson for her wake up call.
I certainly do not want to depreciate the importance of blogging as a way to communicate information in depth. Despite the numbers of individuals and organizations on Facebook, the content is still overwhelmingly superficial. I still resent the fact that I have to wade through a pile of garbage to get any valuable content out of Facebook.
For now, I think you will see me mentioning Facebook more in the future.